Indirect light is a classic ambient lighting technique. By focusing on exceptional light distribution, w164 Alto offers a new, dynamic solution for agile office environments as well as intimacy and atmosphere in the home.
The light pole houses a sophisticated 4459 lumen multidirectional LED technology with an impressively even, super-wide-angle light distribution. w164 Alto works well even in rooms with low ceilings, making it an ideal alternative to conventional general lighting.
With its small footprint and simple plug-and-play functionality, w164 Alto is easily adaptable to shifting environments, preferences and needs.
The top disc of the base is an integrated dimming wheel and switch. The teeth from the rotation plate interrupt the IR signal at the light barriers, allowing a seamless transition from powerful yet friendly general lighting to a more intimate atmosphere.
Pared down to the absolute bare basics – two cylindrical units, paired in an off-centre constellation – w164 Alto makes a bold, graphic statement with its brutalist, deconstructionist architectural references.
Design Dirk Winkel
Dirk Winkel is a Berlin-based product designer who graduated from the University of Arts (UdK) Berlin, followed by a MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art (RCA) London in 2010.
He is specialised in lighting and furniture design and worked for different designers and design houses in Berlin and London before setting up his own studio in Berlin in summer 2011. Driven by belief in the beauty of formal purism and the classic principle of ‘less but better’, some of his great interests are the exploration of pushing the boundaries of mass production techniques, the rethinking of light and lighting paradigms, and the investigation of new materials and their potential.
From 2012 to 2016 he has been teaching Technology and Construction in Design in the Industrial Design course of the UdK Berlin. His work has been featured by Frame, DAMn, icon, Surface, Monocle, Gestalten Verlag and many more and was on display at numerous places like Art Basel Miami, the VitraHaus or the London Design Museum and has won several awards and nominations like GOOD DESIGN (Chicago Athenaeum), Swedish Design Award (Svensk Form), Designs of the Year, the German Design Award 2015 and the Editors‘ Choice Award 2016 (Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair).